Internet Archive turns on Flash emulation, already has 1000 items to check out

Internet Archive is good peeps. Seriously, good peeps.

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Here, let me help.

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If only for this:

Yeah, I know they’re already on the youtubez. Not the same.

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I was also gratified by the presence of All Your Base…

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jmbt02 for the win!

I want everything from RatherGood.com (The Lair of the Crab of Ineffable Wisdom) to appear there - especially the Swear-O-Tron, Poke the Crab, Buffy’s Swearing Keyboard, and Val’s Halal.

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The problem with YouTube videos of Flash animations is that part of the reason Flash looked so good (and the file sizes could be so small) was its use of vector graphics. They could scale well to any size and still look great. When these are translated to YouTube videos, the compression creates artifacts and things just don’t look as crisp as they did in the original animations. (Plus, you lose any of the fun interactive Easter eggs that a lot of these had.)

This preservation effort is definitely commendable. As terrible as Flash was as a format, it’s very important to internet history.

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